Year 5 at Ufton Court
Classes 5N and 5W arrived at Ufton Court, Berkshire this morning. After exploring the Tudor mansion, we enjoyed lunch, before visiting the farm and carrying out some photomapping.
Different Ability Awareness Days
At Belleville we participated in ‘Different Ability Awareness Days’. The purpose of the days was to support the chidlren’s Personal, Social , Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE) by enabling children to reflect on the meaning of the term ‘disability’, that having different needs does not mean people cannot do certain things, and that all people have skills and talents, hence using the title of ‘different ability’ rather than ‘disability’. The children also reflected upon how people with disabilities and special educational needs are seen and treated.
In order to do this we were very pleased to welcome a guest John McCorkell, who himself has Cerebral Palsy, and has worked for over five years as a Disability Advisor, promoting, creating and teaching inclusion of disabled children within communities and schools. He provided an inspiring assembly for all classes from Reception to Y6 and then workshops with the children. During these workshops, the children had the opportunity to try doing activities in different ways, for example, communicating without words, identifying objects without sight, getting to planned places without being able to walk, and even using his wheelchair. Additional activities were carried out in class including reading stories about different needs and abilities, understanding dyslexia and autism and mobility difficulties.
The children participated impeccably and with great insight into the different abilities and needs that some people have. Comments included “you are an inspiration to us all” (Y6), and “there is nothing you can’t do if you want to do it; you’ll find a way” (Y5). It is hoped that this experience will have a lasting impact on promoting acceptance and understanding.